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  1. The effect of blindfolding horses on heart rate and behaviour during handling and loading onto transport vehicles

    Contributor(s):: Parker, R., Watson, R., Wells, E., Brown, S. N., Nicol, C. J., Knowles, T. G.

    Blindfolding is routinely used to aid the handling and loading of horses that are difficult to control. Fifteen relatively well-behaved horses of varying ages and disciplines were used to investigate the effects of blinkering and blindfolding on behaviour and heart rate in three situations:...

  2. The effect of routine experimental procedures on physiological parameters in mice kept under different husbandry conditions

    Contributor(s):: Meijer, M. K., Kramer, K., Remie, R., Spruijt, B. M., Zutphen, L. F. M. van, Baumans, V.

    Laboratory animals are frequently subjected to routine procedures, such as injections or the withdrawal of blood samples. Acute stress caused by such procedures is associated with physiological changes that can have a strong impact on experimental results. This study investigated the integrated...

  3. The effect of transport on core and peripheral body temperatures and heart rate of sheep

    Contributor(s):: Ingram, J. R., Cook, C. J., Harris, P. J.

    The effect of transport on core and peripheral body temperatures and heart rate was assessed in ten 18-month-old Coopworth ewes (Ovis aries). Manual recordings of core (rectal) temperatures were obtained and automated logging of peripheral (external auditory canal and pinna) temperatures and...

  4. The effect of transport on cortisol, glucose, heart rate, leukocytes and body weight in captive-reared guanacos ( Lama guanicoe )

    Contributor(s):: Zapata, B., Gimpel, J., Bonacic, C., Gonzalez, B. A., Riveros, J. L., Ramirez, A. M., Bas, F., Macdonald, D. W.

    Current procedures for ranching and sustainable use of guanacos necessitate their transport. Transportation is a risky process for animals, and is a particular concern for wild-caught or semi-domesticated species such as the guanaco - a wild South American camelid species increasingly being...

  5. The welfare impact of gavaging laboratory rats

    Contributor(s):: Bonnichsen, M., Dragsted, N., Hansen, A. K.

    Gavaging (oral dosing) has previously been shown to have only a short-term effect on behavioural parameters in the laboratory rat. The aim of this study was to determine if the gavaging of laboratory rats influenced their heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature, and if so, whether the...

  6. Transcranial magnetic stunning of broilers: a preliminary trial to induce unconsciousness

    Contributor(s):: Lambooij, E., Anil, H., Butler, S. R., Reimert, H., Workel, L., Hindle, V.

    This study was performed to identify whether non-focal transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with an adapted coil for broilers has the potential for use as a non-invasive stunning method for broilers. Application of the TMS probe resulted in dominance of theta and delta waves and appearance of...

  7. Transport stress in roe deer ( Capreolus capreolus ): effect of a short-acting antipsychotic

    Contributor(s):: Montane, J., Marco, I., Lopez-Olvera, J., Manteca, X., Lavin, S.

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a short-acting antipsychotic (acepromazine) on the stress response to transport in roe deer (C. capreolus). 21 roe deer in France were submitted to a 9-h road journey in order to reintroduce and restock this species into Catalonia (northeastern...

  8. Relation between pet ownership and heart rate variability in patients with healed myocardial infarcts

    Contributor(s):: Friedmann, E., Thomas, S. A., Stein, P. K., Kleiger, R. E.

  9. Relationship between behavioural reactions and heart rate in horses during transient social isolation

    Contributor(s):: Jezierski, T., Gorecka, A.

    Six horses were used in an experiment conducted in a tie-stable without boxes. The behaviour of each horse was videotaped and heart rate (HR) was recorded continuously for approx. 104 min during the following test situations: all horses in the stable and no person present; other horses being...

  10. The influence of the human-animal interaction in the milking parlour on the behaviour, heart-rate and milk yield of dairy cows

    Contributor(s):: Knierim, U., Waran, N. K.

    This study addressed questions regarding the quality of human-cow interactions in the modern milking parlour, and whether in this situation cows still react differently to different milkers.